Lori Bade

Nell S. and Boyd H. McMullan Distinguished Professor of Voice



Mezzo-soprano Lori Bade, Nell S. & Boyd H. McMullan Distinguished Professor of Music in the College of Music & Dramatic Arts began teaching at the LSU School of Music in 1993. Recognized by the University as an outstanding teacher, pedagogue and faculty member, Bade has received several awards: in 2020 she was awarded the LSU Distinguished Faculty Award; in 2007, received the LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding teaching and research and/or service; and, she twice received the Tiger Excellence in Teaching Award by Louisiana State University.

As a performing artist, mezzo-soprano Lori Bade brings a history of great successes from throughout the South, Southwest, Midwest, Washington state and Europe. She has achieved critical acclaim for her “fine voice, well produced with even tone and vibrato…” as well as “pure vocal beauty, who has a resplendent, coppery instrument whose ripe ‘Earth Mother’ low register has no hint of growly chest tones.” Lori Bade has performed leading roles with opera companies across the region and nation and, as mezzo-soprano soloist, sung major concert works of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Duruflé, Handel, Haydn, Mahler, Mozart, Rutter, Tippett and Vaughan Williams. Bade continues to be sought after as a vocal master class technician, recitalist and collaborator on joint musical projects locally, regionally, and nationally.

Dr. Bade’s voice students have won at the District, Regional, and National levels of the Metropolitan Opera competitions; the National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions (state and regional levels); have been winners of the NATS Artist Award (NATSAA), have held professional singing engagements and/or been placed in many apprentice programs including but not limited to the Merola Program with San Francisco Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Utah Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Minnesota Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and Glimmerglass. In addition to those who are fulltime performers, former voice students of Dr. Bade’s currently hold teaching positions in K-12 programs and at university/college levels.

Dr. Bade holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Texas at Austin (Martha Deatherage, voice professor), the Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from The Ohio State University (Eileen Davis, voice professor) and the Bachelor of Arts in Voice and Church Music from Texas Lutheran University (Shaaron Conoly, voice professor).


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312 School of Music
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504